Second Grade News

December 13, 2015

Events for The Next Two Weeks

Tuesday, Dec. 15

  • Mrs. Vass will come in to do a lesson about friendship

Wednesday, Dec. 16

  • Math Unit 4 test

Friday, Dec. 18th

  • Roxy Reader Dog Visit

Monday, Dec. 21st

  • Polar Express Day-Wear P.J.s

Tuesday, Dec. 22nd

  • Band/Orchestra Concert -9:15 am
  • School Sing Along-2:00 pm-Bring in a $1.00 to wear P.J.s (the money raised goes to a charity)

Wednesday, Dec. 23

  • Class Party-9:00 am

No School Dec. 24-Jan. 3

Ask Your Child About

  • What was the Art Mobile about? (using books as art)
  • What are some techniques good writer's can do when they include their Voice in their writing? (They should sound like themselves but they can also add dialogue, punctuation, LARGE and small print to express themselves.)
  • What are adjectives?
  • What does infer mean?
  • How do you add a two digit number using partial sums method?

Things We Are Learning About This And Next Week


  • Main Idea and Details
  • Story Elements


  • Test on Wednesday


  • Choosing a story to publish

Science-Sound Unit

  • What makes sound?

Health and Safety Lessons

  • Staying away from strangers

Holidays Around the World

Math Test Wednesday

Our Unit 4 math test will be on Wednesday, Dec. 16 We will be reviewing on Tuesday. I will have the kids take home their Math books tomorrow.

Topics covered will include:

(Corresponding math journal pages, math boxes, and Home Link examples are referenced for your review. Please also refer to the information provided on using your child’s login)

  • SECURE: Basic subtraction facts (Xtra math, Beat the Computer and Fact Dash games on

  • DEVELOPING: Ballpark estimates and Double-digit addition (pages 86 box 3, 92 box 3, 93, 97, 105, 107, 108, HLs 4.8, 4.9, Shopping Game p.95)

  • DEVELOPING: Addition/Subtraction number stories with diagrams (pages 81, 82, 85, 89, 90, 97, 98 boxes 2 & 3, 106 boxes 2 & 3, HLs 4.1, 4.2, 4.6)

  • SECURE: Showing and telling time to the quarter-hour (pages 84 box 2, 88 box 2, 94 box 4, 98 box 4, 104 box 4, 106 box 4, 109, 110 box 4 )

  • DEVELOPING: Reading Thermometers and Marking Temperature (pages 90, 91, 94 box 2, 104 box 2, 110 box 2, HLs 4.3, 4.4)

More About Partial Sums

We began a brand new strategy last week called Partial Sums Addition. It’s a paper-and-pencil strategy for adding multi-digit numbers. It emphasizes using the place value of each number, and checking against an estimate. We practiced in class both on Thursday and Friday. This is still a DEVELOPING skill, so mastery is not required at this time. Just remind your child to add the tens, then the ones, then add them together. If you need a short tutorial, feel free to use and go to the Interactive My Reference Book page 30 to learn more about partial sums. There is a short tutorial there.

For the test they can use the Partial Sums Method or the Traditional Method.

Polar Express Day on Monday, Dec. 21!!!

On Monday, December 21st our class will be reading The Polar Express. In order to have an authentic experience we will wear bathrobes, pajamas, and slippers on our “train ride to the North Pole”. (Please remember to pack shoes for the playground.) We will sip hot chocolate sweetened by peppermint sticks as we enjoy this Chris Van Allsburg holiday story.

Homework for This Week and Next Week


  • Reading Fluency Sheet
  • Home Link 4.9
  • Spelling page 19


  • Reading Fluency Sheet
  • Study for Math test
  • Spelling page 20


  • Reading Fluency Sheet
  • Extra Math
  • Spelling page 21


  • Reading Fluency Sheet
  • Study for Spelling test
  • Extra Math
  • Next Week-No Spelling test or Fluency sheet
    • Practice Extra Math
    • Wear P.J.s on Monday and Tuesday